Centre College’s Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW) campaign, an annual effort that gives back to our regional community, kicks off Oct. 31, with a breakfast in Cowan Dining Commons.
HKUW is an organization that serves more than 30 agencies and impacts the lives of thousands in Boyle, Garrard, Mercer and Lincoln counties each year, and 99 percent of the money raised by the United Way returns to these communities making a difference across age groups.
“The kick-off breakfast is a fun annual event to raise awareness of the kick-off of the campus United Way campaign,” said Patrick Noltemeyer, chief planning officer, special assistant to the president for institutional research and special events, who is serving as this year’s campaign honorary chair. “While faculty and staff can turn in their pledge forms at any time during the campaign, we find that the kick-off event is a great way to build excitement.”
Noltemeyer explains that the purpose of the campaign is to raise money and support for agencies that makes a positive difference in the community by contributing funds to HKUW.
“Every fall, we remind our students that when they join the Centre community, they become citizens in the Danville–Boyle County communities, as well,” he added. “Good citizens seek out ways to give back, to improve the lives of those around them, and the College campaign encourages everyone to do so.”
This year’s campaign begins on Oct. 31 and runs through Dec. 1.
“While individual gifts can sometimes seem small in comparison to the magnitude of the need, the benefit of an agency like the United Way is the chance to combine and focus these individual gifts in programs that make the biggest difference for good,” Noltemeyer said.
The campaign will feature the ever-popular Centre Favors Auction, facilitated by members of Delta Kappa Epsilon, on Nov. 15.
According to Noltemeyer, the auction will feature donations from faculty, staff and students, including special meals at the homes of faculty members, homemade baked goods delivered during finals, pieces of artwork, baskets filled with board games or school supplies and the coveted reserved parking spaces on campus.
“The United Way campaign committee encourages each member of the Centre community to reflect on the impact United Way agencies have in their own lives, and the lives of their friends, neighbors, colleagues and community members, and to give in a way that is meaningful for them,” Noltemeyer concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 30, 2017